Broch man pens book on local stories

Doug Simpson has written a book in Doric.
Doug Simpson has written a book in Doric.

Local man Doug Simpson, formerly a community councillor for the town, has released a book of local stories and poems this summer.

Mr Simpson, who grew up in the area, has continued to promote the town in his own way, releasing ‘Puddick-steels in the Stovies’ this year which offers a collection of tales from the North-east written in Doric.

“I was no brilliant scholar when I was at school, but was always very good at writing essays.

“I don’t know where this came from, but I have enjoyed writing all my life. I prefer to write in Doric as it is a very expressive dialect, but I have written some stories in English as well,” he told us.

Mr Simpson explained to us that he first began writing seriously around 20 years ago, after completing a creative writing course at the then Banff and Buchan College, entering and winning Doric writing competitions including the Senior Open Writing Trophy at the Buchan Heritage Festival and the Robbie Shepherd Trophy for Doric poetry, respectively.

“I have entered two competitions every year and now have 14 certificates for short stories and poetry.”

He has also entered the University of Aberdeen’s David Toulmin Prize competition, but has yet to win.

He added: “I hope you enjoy my little book. Depending on how well you can read Doric, you may find it easy or not so easy. However, I think you will find some of the stories highly amusing - sometimes I giggle when I am writing them.

“I must also thank my daughter, Wendy, for designing such a brilliant cover. It really helps make the book special.”

‘Puddick-steels in the Stovies’, a compilation of Mr Simpson’s writings, is available to purchase locally at R & S Dyga’s Newsagents and Stephens Newsagents.

He hopes to hold a signing for the book at Fraserburgh’s Super Saturday.